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8th Annual ‘Yidstock’ Features Yiddish Music and Klezmer Stars

AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center’s Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, will run this year from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.

The line-up for Yidstock 2019 includes a who’s who of international performers of Yiddish and klezmer music, with performances by Berlin’s Yiddish folk-rockers Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, Israeli vocalist Vira Lozinsky, and the Aviva Chernick Ensemblefrom Toronto, alongside stalwarts of the American scene including the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics, vocalist Eleanor Reissa, and pioneering klezmer revivalist Hankus Netsky. This year’s festival, once again curated by artistic director Seth Rogovoy, also includes concerts by Nigunim Trio and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with special guests, and vocalist Sarah Mina Gordon in a duet program with Daniel Kahn.

“Many of the festival artists will be cross-pollinating, making scheduled, (Vira Lozinsky with the Klezmatics) or surprise appearances, in each other’s concerts,” Rogovoy said. That’s one of the great features of Yidstock and expressive of the cooperative and supportive spirit we encourage among our visiting artists.

“We have also always encouraged performers to present new and unique programs, to use Yidstock as a testing ground for their own creative explorations,” Rogovoy added. “For example, the incredibly talented vocalist Aviva Chernick, from Toronto, is best known as a Sephardic singer with world-music inclinations. Aviva has long been thinking about branching out into Yiddish music. We encouraged her to spend the year leading up to Yidstock exploring the common ground between Sephardic and Ashkenazic music, and Aviva will be premiering the results at Yidstock.”

As always, Yidstock will include a full schedule of talks, conversations, and singing, dancing, and instrumental workshops, including several led by musicians-in-residence for the festival.
“We’ve also got several film screenings taking place for the first time, as well as an enhanced schedule of talks and workshops,” Rogovoy said.

Concerts, talks, and workshops are indoors in the air-conditioned Yiddish Book Center. Many Yidstock events, including concerts, talks, and workshops, sell out in advance of the festival, so attendees are urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
The complete festival lineup of concerts, talks, workshops, and events, as well as links to purchase tickets and concert passes, can be found at www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock.

The world’s first Yiddish museum, the Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts (including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music), films, and events.
The Yiddish Book Center’s Museum and Visitors Center is open Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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